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Drawing maps for sporting events can be tricky and time-consuming. Simple running maps are easier than drawing maps for say, triathlons. This particular event features three different running distances. I had to determine which elements and visuals were important to highlight, eliminating anything unnecessary or distracting, so that participants would quickly understand the routes and know where to turnaround. I drew this final version for the 2014 Tampa Bay Lightning Bolt Run using Adobe Illustrator CC, but you can use most drawing programs to accomplish the same goal. I started with a vector graphic so that we would be able create multiple sizes or file types for any purpose. You might find it interesting to compare this drawing to the Google Map version to see what I left out. 🙂 Here’s the link: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zp3tg7-KJdLM.kae-L0RZfQZA
Working Drawing for the Tampa Bay Lightning Bolt Run Race Map. (Event March 15, 2014)